6 (New York City Subway service)

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For the former Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation service, see 6 (BMT rapid transit service).
Lexington Avenue Local
Pelham Local and Express
6 symbol6 symbol
6 map
Northern end Pelham Bay Park (all times)
Parkchester (rush hours and middays)
Southern end Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall
Stations 38 (local service)
29 (express service)
Rolling stock R62A, R142A
Depot Westchester Yard

The 6 Lexington Avenue/Pelham Local and <6> Lexington Avenue Local/Pelham Express are two rapid transit services in the A Division of the New York City Subway. Their route emblems, or "bullets", are colored apple green since they use the IRT Lexington Avenue Line in Manhattan.[1] Local service is denoted by a (6) in a circular bullet, and express service is denoted by a <6> in a diamond-shaped bullet. 6 trains normally operate local entirely between Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx and Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall in Lower Manhattan. During rush hours and middays in the peak direction, <6> Bronx express trains replace 6 local ones north of Parkchester, and run express between that station and Third Avenue – 138th Street. During this time, 6 Bronx local trains short turn at Parkchester. Weekdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., some Manhattan-bound <6> trains run local from Parkchester to Hunts Point Avenue while some Parkchester-bound 6 trains run express in that section.

History[edit]

A train made of R62A cars in <6> service, leaving Buhre Avenue, heading towards its north terminus at Pelham Bay Park.
A train made of R142A cars in (6) service, arriving at Buhre Avenue, bound for Pelham Bay Park.

On October 27, 1904, local and express service opened on the original subway in Manhattan, following the route of the present IRT Lexington Avenue Line from City Hall to Grand Central – 42nd Street. From there, the service traveled west on 42nd Street on the route of the present 42nd Street Shuttle, and then north on the present IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line to 145th Street.

The current "H" configuration—with separate services along Lexington Avenue and Broadway – Seventh Avenue—was introduced in 1917.[2] Full Lexington Avenue local service from City Hall to 125th Street opened on July 17, 1918. On August 1, 1918, Third Avenue – 138th Street opened with trains running between there and City Hall, making all stops.[3]

On January 17, 1919 trains were extended from 138th Street to Hunts Point Avenue,> and on May 30, 1920, 6 service was extended to East 177th Street.[3] On October 24, 1920, 6 service was extended again to Westchester Square.[3] On December 20, 1920, 6 service was extended to Pelham Bay Park. [3] From that point on, the current 6 service was formed. All trains ran local between Pelham Bay Park and Brooklyn Bridge, with some trains terminating at the City Hall loop.

By 1934, service south of the City Hall station had been discontinued, and late-night service ran from Pelham Bay Park to 125th Street only.

On December 31, 1945, City Hall station closed, and the former Brooklyn Bridge station (renamed Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall) became the permanent southern terminal. 6 trains still used the loop, though, to get from the southbound to the northbound local track at Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall.[4]

On May 10, 1946, late-night service resumed to Brooklyn Bridge.[3] Beginning October 14, 1946, weekday rush and Saturday morning rush peak direction express service started, with alternate trains using the middle express track between East 177th Street and Third Avenue – 138th Street.[3] From December 15 to 22, 1950, weekday rush trains were extended to South Ferry.[3] On June 23, 1956, Saturday express service was discontinued.[3] Starting April 8, 1960, late night and weekday evening trains were extended to South Ferry, followed by weekend evening service October 17, 1965; however, all trains were again cut back to Brooklyn Bridge by May 23, 1976.[3]

Beginning in January 13, 1980, late night service terminated at 125th Street in Manhattan with the 4 running as a local in Manhattan. On the same day, Bronx express service was expanded to weekday middays, with alternate trains running express southbound to noon, then northbound into the PM rush.[3] From March 4 to Summer 1985, there was a 6 train that left 138th Street at 7:20 AM, then turned at Atlantic Avenue, and left at 8:18 AM returning to Pelham Bay Park. This was the only time that the 6 service was scheduled to operate to Brooklyn.[3]

For a short time in 1990, (January 21st thru October 5th) late night service was extended back to Brooklyn Bridge, but then was again cut back to 125th Street.[3] On October 3, 1999, late night service was permanently extended to Brooklyn Bridge, but the 4 still runs local.[3]

Route[edit]

Service pattern[edit]

The following table shows the lines used by 6 and <6>, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:

Line From To Tracks Times
weekday
peak dir.
all
others
6 service 6 diamond service 6 service
IRT Pelham Line (full line) Pelham Bay Park Castle Hill Avenue local      
Parkchester Third Avenue – 138th Street express  
local      
IRT Lexington Avenue Line 125th Street Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall  

Stations[edit]

For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.

Station service legend
Stops all times Stops all times
Stops all times except late nights Stops all times except late nights
Stops late nights only Stops late nights only
Stops weekdays only Stops weekdays only
Stops all times except weekdays in the peak direction Stops all times except weekdays in the peak direction
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours in the peak direction only
Station closed Station closed
Station service unknown No service indication
Time period details
6 service 6 diamond service Stations Handicapped/disabled access Subway transfers Connections/Other Notes
The Bronx
Pelham Line service
Stops all times except weekdays in the peak direction Stops rush hours in peak direction only Pelham Bay Park Handicapped/disabled access Bx12 Select Bus Service
Elevators are temporarily out of service for repairs until January 31st, 2016.
Stops all times except weekdays in the peak direction Stops rush hours in peak direction only Buhre Avenue
Stops all times except weekdays in the peak direction Stops rush hours in peak direction only Middletown Road
Stops all times except weekdays in the peak direction Stops rush hours in peak direction only Westchester Square – East Tremont Avenue
Stops all times except weekdays in the peak direction Stops rush hours in peak direction only Zerega Avenue
Stops all times except weekdays in the peak direction Stops rush hours in peak direction only Castle Hill Avenue
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only Parkchester
Stops all times St. Lawrence Avenue
Stops all times Morrison Avenue – Soundview
Stops all times Elder Avenue
Stops all times Whitlock Avenue
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only Hunts Point Avenue Handicapped/disabled access
Stops all times Longwood Avenue
Stops all times East 149th Street
Stops all times East 143rd Street – St. Mary's Street
Stops all times Cypress Avenue
Stops all times Brook Avenue
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only Third Avenue – 138th Street
Manhattan
Lexington Avenue Line service between 125th Street and Brooklyn Bridge
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 125th Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times 5 all except late nights Metro-North Railroad at Harlem – 125th Street
M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 116th Street 4 late nights
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 110th Street 4 late nights
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 103rd Street 4 late nights Downtown trains bypass this station until September 2015 due to station renewal.[5]
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 96th Street 4 late nights
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 86th Street 4 all times 5 all except late nights M86 Select Bus Service
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 77th Street 4 late nights
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 68th Street – Hunter College 4 late nights
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 59th Street 4 all times 5 all except late nights
N all times Q weekdays R all except late nights (BMT Broadway Line at Lexington Avenue / 59th Street)
F all times (IND 63rd Street Line at Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street; out-of-system MetroCard transfer)
Roosevelt Island Tramway
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 51st Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 late nights
E all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (IND Queens Boulevard Line at Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street)
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only Grand Central – 42nd Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times 5 all except late nights
7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction (IRT Flushing Line)
S all except late nights (42nd Street Shuttle)
Metro-North Railroad at Grand Central Terminal
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 33rd Street 4 late nights M34 / M34A Select Bus Service
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 28th Street 4 late nights
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 23rd Street 4 late nights
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only 14th Street – Union Square 4 all times 5 all except late nights
L all times (BMT Canarsie Line)
N all times Q all times R all except late nights (BMT Broadway Line)
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only Astor Place 4 late nights
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only Bleecker Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 late nights
B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. D all times F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (IND Sixth Avenue Line at Broadway – Lafayette Street)
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only Spring Street 4 late nights
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only Canal Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 late nights
N all times Q all times R all except late nights (BMT Broadway Line)
J all times Z rush hours, peak direction (BMT Nassau Street Line)
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times 5 all except late nights
J all times Z rush hours, peak direction (BMT Nassau Street Line at Chambers Street)

In popular culture[edit]

  • Justin Townes Earle's "Working for the MTA" describes the 6 train from the perspective of the driver.
  • In the 1973 novel The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and the films based on it, a 6 train that originated in Pelham Bay Park was hijacked, and hostages were held inside a subway car.
  • In the 74th episode of Seinfeld, The Cigar Store Indian, aired in 1993, the characters are riding the 6 from George's parents house in Queens. It stops at Queensboro Plaza where they jump out to get famous Gyros. The 6 however, does not run though Queens; additionally, Queensboro Plaza is in reality an elevated station, instead of a subway station as depicted on Seinfeld.
  • After his first visit to the city in 1969, Rubén Blades wrote the song "El número seis" about waiting for the 6 train. He never recorded it, but it was recorded in 1975 by Bobby Rodríguez y la Compañía in 1975, Los Soneros del Barrio in 1999, and Jimmy Sabater with Son Boricua in 2002.
  • In the 1984 film The Pope of Greenwich Village, the bar and tow truck scenes take place beneath the 6 train's elevated structure at Castle Hill Avenue station.
  • A scene in the 1995 film Kids takes place on the 6 train, including shots of a legless panhandler on a skateboard.
  • While growing up, Jennifer Lopez regularly rode the 6 train into Manhattan to go to her dance studio. Her debut 1999 album, referring to the subway service, is called On the 6.
  • Mark Wahlberg rides the 6 (on a train consisting of R29/36 cars) in the 2000 movie The Yards.
  • In the 2000 movie Boiler Room, the main character, Seth, mentions that the brokers at his firm act like they "just got off the 6 train to Fulton Street." The 6 train, however, does not stop at Fulton Street.
  • On January 22, 2006, eight members of the Improv Everywhere comedy troupe were arrested on a 6 train after participating in a city-wide prank dubbed "No Pants". They have before and since performed several other pranks on the 6 train.
  • In the 2007 How I Met Your Mother episode "Lucky Penny", Barney Stinson gets stuck on a 6 train when he becomes unable to move his legs.

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